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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XII - Page 342« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Sgt. A. Putnam James)

Mr. Hubert.
Sergeant PUTNAM. What is the purpose?
Mr. Hubert.
Simply this, that any witness--the Commission says that any witness should have a privilege of having 3 days' written notice before he may be called upon to testify, and that in writing. Now, you have not had that, because of the way the request came. You see, the request came by letter to Mr. Curry from Mr. Rankin, who is the general counsel of the President's Commission, and--
Sergeant PUTNAM. May I ask why it was done by this method rather than the normal official notice?
Mr. Hubert.
Simply because of the number of people that were involved. If you wish to have the normal 3-day notice
Sergeant PUTNAM. Well, will any further--will there be necessary for me to appear at any further date? Also, are we going to conclude it tonight? will waive it for tonight and request if there is a further need f. or me to arrive at this time, that I receive it if it has got my only day off in 2 weeks. I win waive it at this time and request it if you do need me again, but I do get the 3-day official notice.
Mr. Hubert.
We certainly will do so. First, let me say this in regard to the time and so forth and being your day off. The actual sequence of witnesses and the times they appear was not arranged by us. I don't want to place the

blame on anyone but I am awfully sorry.
Sergeant PUTNAM. That's all right.
Mr. Hubert.
Let me say. that if we want to call you in again, you will surely get the notice, but I don't believe you will be. However, I can't be absolutely certain. I will get in touch with you by phone and be sure that we don't disturb any of your rest days, because I know how important that is. Would you stand up and raise your right hand and take the oath. Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Sergeant PUTNAM. I do.
Mr. Hubert.
All right. Please state your full name, please.
Sergeant PUTNAM. James A. Putnam.
Mr. Hubert.
And your age?
Sergeant PUTNAM. Thirty-seven.
Mr. Hubert.
And your residence?
Sergeant PUTNAM. 2015 Joan Drive.
Mr. Hubert.
Sergeant PUTNAM. Dallas, Tex.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your present occupation and how long have you held
Sergeant PUTNAM. Police officer. Ten years and four months.
Mr. Hubert.
And the rank you have now?
Sergeant PUTNAM. Sergeant.
Mr. Hubert.
How long have you been sergeant? You have held that for how long?
Sergeant PUTNAM. Eight months.
Mr. Hubert.
Did you have the same rank and responsibilities during the period of November 22 and 24?
Sergeant PUTNAM. Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Who do you serve under, sir?
Sergeant PUTNAM. Lieutenant Pierce.
Mr. Hubert.
And Lieutenant Pierce is with the patrol division?
Sergeant PUTNAM. That's right.
Mr. Hubert.
He is under Captain Talbert?
Sergeant PUTNAM. Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, then, Captain Talbert is your superior officer, too---
Sergeant PUTNAM. Also.
Mr. Hubert.
In the line of command. Now, I have in my hand, two documents which I am going to mark--three documents which I am going to mark. Marking the first one as follows, to wit: "Dallas, Texas, March 24, 1964, Exhibit 5071. Deposition of J. A. Putnam," and I am signing my name on that. The document is supposed to be a copy of a letter dated November 26, addressed by James A. Putnam to Chief of Police J. E. Curry, and it has two
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